Re: Thornton vs flyers?
posted at 4/30/2010 10:58 AM EDT
In Response to Re: Thornton vs flyers?
crowls, if one player is gonna be our entire eliment of physical play we are in trouble...teams buy into the physical game...being physical doesnt mean just fighting...Thorton offers no offense, he can only play on 5 on 5 situations...each round is a new round... I personally see no need for our guys to fight...if the time comes they can drop em...but we need to win games...our team is built for this type of series...Lucic and Chara can easily handle things should they go south...it won't happen in 1-1 games...it will happen in a blowout or a game that is out of reach...and I have no problem with Chara taking on Pronger...I have problem with Lucic fighting either Asham or Carcillo in a game like this...
Posted by shuperman
I agree to a point Shuperman.
But if Thorton sits, the flyers will focus on aggitating Lucic and Chara, along with cheap shots on just about everybody else and try and draw them into fights. That is where I think Thorton can be used so that the Bruins don't feel that either of these players have to get into fights and be off the ice for any extended period of time. Thorton has to step up in his role as enforcer
I actually think Lucic should continue playing like he has and NOT fight (unless the game is essentially over). He has been very effective in laying the hurt on with hits and working the boards and setting up scoring chances. Lucic has had a lot of injuries this year and you don't want the kid to go down again because of having to think he needs to fight.
Even more the case with Chara. Bruins need Chara's 25 or so minutes to win.
For me, I sit out Wheeler and selectively use Thorton. This is going to be a very physical series, and unlike the Sabres, the Flyers will try and initiate a lot of hitting and goad Bruins into penalties.
P.S. I'm going out on a limb and look for one of the lesser lights to have a great series. I looking for Sobokta and his style of play to stand out against the flyers.
And remember you heard it here first.....LOL!